Baked Seafood Pasta

This is one of my kids’ favourite dishes. It takes a bit of time to make, but I assure you that it’s well worth the effort. First and foremost, you’ll need to mince a few cloves of garlic and chop up about two onions.

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Fry in olive oil until the garlic starts to brown and fragrant. Make sure the garlic and onions are fried properly or they will give off acrid fumes during baking.

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Next, add in one small can of tomato paste. You’ll need to add salt and water. About 2 teaspoons of salt would be sufficient. You can also use fresh tomatoes and blend the mixture later.

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Over here, my sauce was a bit too thick. I should have added more water. The pasta is easy. I like to use angel hair as it takes up the flavours better.

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Remember to add salt into the water. Don’t worry about the sodium as you’re not going to drink the water. Turn off the heat and drain the water when the pasta is half cooked. Season your seafood with salt and pepper. You can blanch it with hot water and line the tray. Add the half-cooked pasta and sauce that you’ve prepared earlier.

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Mix everything up, then add about 4-5 glasses of red wine. This wine I bought at the supermarket (mixture of shiraz, cabernet and merlot) for $21 turned out to be surprisingly good.

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Cover properly to prevent evaporation, the bake at high heat for 20 minutes.

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And here it is, a bit drier than usual, but it still tasted so good that my younger son wanted second and third helpings. The wine helped a lot.